Emancipation Day celebrations in the US

Emancipation Day celebrations in the US

В United States hosts Emancipation Day celebrations

Celebrations in Galveston, Texas   Emancipation Day celebrations take place in the United States

In 2021, President Joe Biden declared this day a federal holiday

This weekend, the United States celebrates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the distant day when the country ended the enslavement of black Americans.

Francisco to Galveston, Texas, and New York Harlem.

“It's an American holiday, not just a black holiday,” said Gerald Griggs, head of the Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Georgia.

“This is the true Independence Day,” Griggs explained, “the day all Americans became free.”

Recall that on June 19, 1865, shortly before the end of the Civil War, General Gordon Granger announced to the slaves in Texas that, according to the laws of the country, they were free citizens.

The Emancipation Proclamation officially issued by President Abraham Lincoln entered into in force as early as 1862 (a second document on this subject was made public in 1863). However, its provisions could not be put into practice until the troops of the northerners won a military victory over the forces of the Confederates.

In 2021, President Joe Biden declared June 19 a federal holiday.

In a statement released Friday, Biden cited ten deaths in the tragic May 14 shooting incident in Buffalo, State New York.

“We must stand together against (the concept of) white supremacy and show that bigotry and hatred have no place in America,” the document emphasizes.

Gerald Griggs noted that June 10, which African Americans have been celebrating for generations, is also a moment of difficult reflection on the overdue reforms in voting rights, as well as in the field of law enforcement, in the actions of which many African Americans see a discriminatory approach.
< br /> At the same time, Griggs urged all Americans to celebrate the holiday.

In Atlanta, celebrations began at the historic Ebenezer Church, where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.< /p>